Exercise Tips for Children

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges. Dr. Edward Hill gives tips for parents to get their children to exercise in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Children who are active will have stronger muscles and bones, be less likely to become overweight and decrease the risk of developing chronic conditions as they get older.

The American Council on Exercise offers the following suggestions for parents to motivate their children to exercise:

Dont just tell your children that exercise is funshow them.

Include children in vigorous household tasks, such as gardening or washing the car.

Plan outings and activities that involve walking.

Check if your local wellness center offers special exercise programs for children.

Create a reward system to motivate children on the move. Recognize good fitness habits with new equipment, such as a soccer ball, jump rope or even a bike.

Make team sports fun for children. Emphasize the positives of improved health, teamwork and self-esteem. Avoid focusing on competition.

When trying to motivate teenagers to exercise, appeal to their need for entertainment and social interaction. Whenever possible, include their friends in your fitness activities.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.